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Chippewa Valley Votes holds voter registration Sept. 25

Chippewa Valley Votes

Tuesday Sept. 25 is National Voter Registration Day. Chippewa Vally Votes is holding voter registration events throughout the Chippewa Valley Tuesday as part of that effort. 

Potato Disease, the UW and the Wisconsin Idea

Kathleen Vinehout

Late blight is a devastating potato and tomato disease that spreads quickly in late summer. It can wipe out a crop in just a few days. This disease caused the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s which led to the starvation or relocation of millions of Irish, including my ancestors.

Election Commission will have ambitious meeting before Nov. Election

The Wisconsin Elections Commission will hold a particularly long and extensive meeting tomorrow, Sept. 25. Part of the meeting will be devoted to getting feedback on plans to spend the $7 million federal grant for election security. Approximately $2.4 million of that money has been allocated to hire additional staff for security purposes, particularly before the November election. This money will be used to hire six additional staff for the next four years.

S. Barstow closed in Eau Claire due to water main break

According to the Eau Claire Streets Department on Twitter this morning (Monday, Sept. 24):


A water main break has S. Barstow St. closed between the EC River & Eau Claire St. The closure should be expected to last through the day. If you have questions about the repair or are in the area & are experiencing dirty water please call the utility division at 715-839-5045

Who Will Care For You? A Crisis in Health Care

Questions on Health Care

Who Will Care For You? A Crisis in Care

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin recently held a forum on healthcare, concentrating on things that can be done for healthcare providers and ways to make it possible to provide more health care providers in the market.

Eau Claire Grassroots Festival

Wisconsin Grassroots Network and multiple other groups are holding a Grassroots Festival on Saturday at UW-Eau Claire Davies Center. Wis.Community and Citizen Action Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin will have a table at the event, and if you're coming please stop in to visit. Registration and tabling start at 8 AM in the Ojibwe Ballroom. The actual festival will begin at 9.  The keynote speaker will be John Nichols. Tickets are still available at the link below.

League of Women Voters to Host Assembly District 29 Forum

MENOMONIE - League of Women Voters of Greater Chippewa Valley this week announced a forum for the three candidates for Assembly District 29 on Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the Judicial Center, 615 Stokke Parkway, Menomonie. Candidates to represent Assembly District 29 are: Republican Rob Stafsholt, Libertarian Brian Corriea and Democrat John Calabrese.

Interview with Mel Pittman - Republican Candidate for 31st Senate District

Campaign 2018: Mel Pittman (R) Candidate for 31st SD

Mel Pittman is the Republican candidate for the 31st Senate District. Thanks to Wisconsin Eye for the video.

Tribes and Lawmakers Meet to Resolve Issues - Senator Vinehout

“Can you fix Syria?” a woman asked me. “No,” I said as I shook my head. “Syria is a bit above my pay-grade. My international work [as State Senator] is limited to work with our Native Tribes.”

Native Tribes are sovereign nations.

Tribes have their own government including legislatures and courts. Many federal laws and treaties govern Wisconsin Tribes. But so do our state laws.

How Can You Help with Wis.Community? Money and Kitties edition

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Cutest Kitten Video Compilation of 2017 | Funny Pet Videos

You may or may not have found yourself sitting on the porch on a beautiful summery/fallsy day like today, and asked yourself "How can I help out that nice Wis.Community site?" Well, maybe not, but the fact of the matter is that I'm going to tell you anyway. 

Menomonie School Board Meeting 9/10/2018

Menomonie School Board Meeting 9/10/2018

Regular school board meeting for 9/10/2018. 

Items of particular interest this month include:

Interview with Wren Keturi (D), Candidate for 67th district

Campaign 2018: Wren Keturi (D) Candidate for 67th AD

Interview with Wren Keturi, Democratic candidate for the 67th district. Thanks to Wisconsin Eye for the video.

Jeff Smith Interview - Democratic Candidate for 31st Senate District

Campaign 2018: Jeff Smith (D) Candidate for 31st SD

Interview with Jeff Smith, Wisconsin Senate Candidate for the 31st Senate District. Thanks to Wisconsin Eye for the video.

New Study: Speed and Secrecy in Lawmaking

Kathleen Vinehout

“The length of time bills were deliberated [in the Wisconsin Legislature] dropped significantly soon after Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators took control in 2011,” wrote investigative reporter Teodor Teofilov.

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence churns toward Carolinas

It's not Wisconsin, but it's going to be of national importance. We're running a Hurricane Florence tracker here at least through the weekend. We may possibly supplement that with some other breaking news from other LION publishers. 

Preview Screening of Dark Money Documentary

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Dark Money Trailer #1 (2018) | Movie Trailers

Wis.Community will be offering an opportunity to see the new PBS/POV documentary Dark Money before the national showing of the film on PBS.

Dark Money, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. Official Selection, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Echo Reardon interview - 91st Assembly Republican Candidate

Campaign 2018: Echo Reardon (R) Candidate for 91st AD

Echo Reardon is the Republican Candidate for the 91st Assembly District. Thanks to Wisconsin Eye for the video.

Jodi Emerson Interview - 91st District Democratic Candidate

Campaign 2018: Jodi Emerson (D) Candidate for 91st AD

Part of our continuing coverage of the 2018 election and candidates - this is an interview with Jodi Emerson, Democratic Candidate for the 91st Assembly DIstrict. Thanks to Wisconsin Eye for the video.